flathub update / mini infrastructure fundraiser
ramcq at gnome.org
Tue Jun 13 20:39:51 UTC 2017
I was just about to write a mail saying we're all done and I was going
to place the order - then I realised... the quote is £800 + VAT (UK
sales tax) so the total needed is actually 960 GBP. Oops.
Anyway - we've reached a very impressive £800 thanks to our generous
donors so far:
G Stavracas Neto
Mario Sanchez Prada
I'm going to put in the extra bit for now and just get the order placed
so we can do the interesting (ok - if you like servers) work, but if
anyone has got a little bit more down the back of the sofa, it will all
go towards hosting Flathub either this year or next.
Thanks again! :)
On 13/06/17 12:40, Robert McQueen wrote:
> Hi all,
> Just a quick e-mail to update on what I've been doing with Flathub
> seeing as we've missed the calls for the past couple of weeks (although
> I hope we can meet again on Monday)?
> I've made a few notes at
> https://github.com/flathub/flathub/wiki/Launch-Todo but it would be good
> to update with the stuff I'm missing - am sure we're missing lots of
> stuff as I know Nuritzi and Michael have been working on some
> launch/communications planning too.
> The GNOME Foundation agreed to support Flathub by offering the support
> of their legal advisors, so I sat down last week with Neil McGovern and
> sent out our initial queries/requests to get the ball rolling on the
> to hear back with a confirmation about who can do the work.
> GNOME has offered that their sysadmin (Andrea Veri) can help with some
> of the set-up/monitoring but we'd like to keep the Flathub
> infrastructure independent from GNOME's so that we can make our own
> decisions about eg, making it easier to install proprietary apps,
> collecting donations for app authors, etc.
> We've got donated build nodes from Codethink and cloud credit from
> Scaleway, but we're still "squished" in with 6-7 VMs on our 50 EUR /
> month credit - and it's a bit of a production blocker as it's not the
> most reliable (LVM + nbd = already broke last weekend :/) and has no
> redundancy/backups in place.
> The thinking is that for the time being, rather than going Full Cloud
> (tm) we can just get "a server" to host the main repo and buildbot
> master, and use other hosts/nodes as build slaves, frontends, mirrors,
> etc - more distributed workloads where it's easier to integrate
> different providers and transient cloud instances.
> A UK-based ISP (Mythic Beasts) has offered that if we pay their basic
> co-location fee of 800 GBP / year, they will donate a server (2x1TB
> RAID, 2-4 cores, 8-16GB RAM), 100TB/month bandwidth, monitoring and
> management services, so we're hoping to move forwards with that plan
> this week.
> To get the initial server ordered, we're trying to raise the necessary
> 800 GBP today - thanks to the generosity of #flatpak we've actually
> already raised 532 this morning. For convenience and considering it's
> not the world's largest sum of money we've been using
> https://paypal.me/ramcq so far - so the money is going to me personally
> and I will pay it directly over to the ISP - and I'll use any surplus
> for extending the server past the first year.
> Thanks all!
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